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I got called “babe” today, by a man, in front of his wife!

March 26, 2006, 8:53 PM

Of all the stupid things people can say, the thing that a man in my line said today definitely took the cake.

First of all, for those of you who have seen pictures of me (and if you’re here at my site, it’s pretty hard not to), you can tell I’m obviously male.

Yet this man, after I handed him his change and his receipt, said, “Thanks, babe.”

I paused, so as to take a moment to digest this comment, which I was not expecting. Then I said, “Did you just call me ‘babe’?” He explained it away by saying that he was thinking about the cashier before me on that register (we’d just switched out just before I started ringing him up). Still, I wonder if he wanted a little salt with that foot, considering he said that right in front of his wife, of all people.

That just took the cake, let me tell you.

Otherwise, though, I was amused to see one of my photos nominated as a featured image on Wikimedia Commons. It didn’t receive the votes to actually be a featured article, unfortunately, but that’s not exactly what amused me. First of all, this was the photo:

Radical cheerleaders at the Million Worker March

The comment that amused me was this one: Bizarre. :) I’m not quite sure what they’re doing, besides drugs. The picture makes them look very isolated. If they were joining a larger march, it would be cool if you could see that in the background or something.

That “besides drugs” part just struck me as funny, though to do radical cheers well, you definitely need to have your head on straight. Still, you could tell that this person had never heard of the Million Worker March before, because “march” was a misnomer in that case. See my photo set on the event and the Wikipedia article on the Million Worker March (which I mostly wrote) for more on that. Especially when you consider the “larger march” was not a march, and we were quite a few blocks away from the Mall, where the event took place.

And lastly, on an unrelated note, if you’re wondering about the “enhancement” work to add the title of the photo sets to the display pages in Photography and Life and Times, there’s more to the work than I’m letting on at this point. As you know, the title now displays. Whoopty-doo. Another feature was added that I’ve not yet implemented – captions. Where available, the photo caption as seen on the main photo set page is now able to display with the large image. It’s not yet fully implemented simply because it’s labor-intensive. I have to go through all the sets and put all these captions in the database and such. But I just thought I’d put this out there, because there’s more to the update than you think.

Web site: This is not the first time that I've seen men say something stupid to me in front of their wife - remember my Christmas Eve Journal entry?

Song: Pepto Bismol song - "Nausea, heartburn, upset stomach, indigestion, diarrhea! Yay, Pepto-Bismol!"

Quote: "Thanks, babe." - A very stupid man

Categories: Some people, Walmart, Wikipedia